Using Artist Made Headpins
Over on Love My Art Jewelry Blog there is a blog hop going on for people using artist made (by oneself or by another artisan) and I wanted to post some things that I’ve been working on.
I consider myself a ceramic bead maker first, and a jewelry designer somewhere else down the line.
I do feel it is important to understand how ones work might be used, so “dabbling” in jewelry making is mostly what I do (and I am ok with that).
I love seeing other artists and designers using my work, and when I sit at the jewelry table, I love using other artist handmade work to compliment mine. It just feels right that way…
I one day will have things set up in my studio for a table for having a torch.
Eh. It hasn’t happened yet.
Probably won’t for a long while. I’ll admit it.
I think I enjoy too much being able to buy parts from my fellow artisan.
I love making beads, selling beads, paying bills, then buying more beads and supplies to make jewelry with as I can.
See – I even have a spool of copper (I have a few actually, in different gauges).
Because when I realized I needed to stop fiddling with the design of this new WP blog, and get on this post for the blog hop, having that all right there without having to make it – well – that was just AWESOME!
Thank You Shannon!
And you can see above – I have to fiddle quite a bit.
First piece = double head pin wire wrapped (oops! how to connect that?)
Second piece = wire loop, end wrapped around double head pin (where did the headpin go?)
Third piece = Single head pin, wire wrapped into loop, put onto one of the Miss Fickle Media ear wires.
Finally with that third try I got something simple and fast to use.
And when I have trays full of pieces to use (do I sell them, give them to my friend Darlene to sell at her bead show table, or keep them for me to use?) I want to be able to have a technique down that I can whip out some simple designs.
My friend Mary Harding, a fellow clay bead maker, recently inspired me try to give making porcelain headpins a “go” by making some herself.
These are my first attempt above, using 24 gauge Nichrome wire, fired in my kiln to over 2230 degrees F (Cone 5/6).
And I’m quite pleased with the results, but want to make more before starting to sell them.
So for now, here is a peek at my obsession with artist made glass handmade headpins!
Genea of Genea Beads makes these great headpins too.
I love they way they look nestled in my porcelain bead caps (I need to get some oxidized sterling ear wires from Shannon to go with these!)
And my friend Nolly of Nollys Folly makes such beautiful garden inspired glass headpins.
I need to work on some ideas in clay to use these – they are just just awesome!
Darlene (D7Studio) carries my work and Nolly’s work to sell at bead shows here in the north east US.
Thank You Darlene for representing our work so we can stay home and make more beads!
Make sure you swing by the Love My Art Jewelry Blog Hop to see what other things people are creating with these artist made balled headpins!
I know I’m inspired to make better jewelry and learn techniques from all these talented people!